A new device from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow could cut blood transfusions to patients during cardiac surgery. The device works by collecting excess blood from the surgery, concentrating the blood cells, and routing it intravenously right back to the patient. A blood bag in the device uses a chemical sponge and mechanical agitator to concentrate the spilled blood.
HemoSep, as the device is called, has received approval for use in Canada and Europe. Researchers hope the device will simplify the surgical process and lower the amount of blood (if any) that may be needed from a donor.
(Source: Popular Science)